‘Welcome to the Family’ is a Welcome Addition to the NBC Family

Now that summer has finally gone, fall is finally coming into high gear. What’s great about fall is the leaves start changing, the weather gets cooler, everyone becomes obsessed with pumpkin flavor and the new shows premiering this season. Airing October 3rd, NBC has a new comedy entitled Welcome to the Family, which can currently be watched on Hulu. This show is about how two families come together brought on by an unplanned pregnancy. Not only do these families collide, but there cultures do as well. Having a Caucasian family and a Latino family come together as one will certainly bring on the fireworks.

The Yoder family and the Hernandez family are at their children’s graduation. Dan, who is played by Glee’s Mike O’Malley, notices through his camera lens his daughter, Molly is texting at graduation. He points out to his wife, Caroline, that their daughter is texting in the middle of graduation. It’s sad to say how typical it is now; students are so use to relying on their phone that they can’t let them go. They need to be tweeting, updating their Facebook statuses or else they feel lost in the world. Not only wouldn’t they know what’s going on with everyone else, but it also kills time for them. Who wants to sit through the boring speeches when you’re just waiting for your diploma?

Molly’s boyfriend, Junior, is the valedictorian of his school and is Stanford bound. He begins to give a speech to his fellow classmates. As he continues to read the speech off his iPad, he notices a message from his girlfriend saying “I’m pregnant.”  Everyone becomes confused as a long awkward silence lingers on in the gymnasium floor. So to break the awkward tension, Junior’s dad, Chuey Herndandez, is the first to stand and applaud his son for having a “short and sweet” speech.

Coming home from graduation, Molly just throws her graduation gown on the stairs and throws her diploma in the living room as if she doesn’t have a care in the world. She was happy to have skated by throughout her high school years. Her dad, Dan, says “Be careful with that, that’s our proof.” Molly doesn’t want to celebrate with her parents, so she decides to “bounce” and opts to spend time with her boyfriend. She asks her dad if he can return her cap and gown as if she doesn’t want to own up to her responsibility.

Molly’s parents are so happy that she graduated that they decided to make her room into a home gym. “She’s Arizona State’s problem now,” Dan says in glee. Clearly, he doesn’t know what’s about to come next.

Molly heads over to her boyfriend’s graduation party. When she gets there, Junior takes Molly upstairs to his room to talk about the pregnancy plans. Molly fears that Junior is giving up his college dream and future plans, but Junior says “that Molly is his plans.” The couple wants to bring the families together to break the news.

Dan decides to head to the gym where he sees Chuey. Dan doesn’t know Chuey is Junior’s father or that their children are dating. All Dan knows is that Junior’s dad owns the gym and they don’t like each other. After Chuey tells Dan he can’t drink in the gym, Dan decided to do it just to piss him off. They really do not get along.

Molly tells her parents that she has a boyfriend and “he’s the best guy she could have ever dated.” As soon as she walks out of the room she mentions to them that she is pregnant. The parents were shocked as any parent of a teenager would be. Caroline says “For the first time sharing, you totally nailed it.” Molly totally did, in more ways than one.

Junior’s parents come over for dinner and introduce themselves. When Dan and Chuey meet, they are not happy. The guys stare at each other and Dan says “you got to be kidding me.” Junior’s father thought this was a joke. Dan points out how there are 4 million people in LA, but his son knocked up Molly. Junior’s parents didn’t know about the pregnancy news. When they found out, they were just as surprised as the Yoder’s.

After hearing the news, the families decide to sit down with the kids to talk about their plans now. Junior mentions how he is going to defer his Stanford admission indefinitely and go to UCLA and tutor SAT prep. Instead of ASU, Molly is deciding to go to community college and live at home. Junior’s dad blames Dan for their two kids getting together and throwing Junior’s plans off track since he had a lot going for him. Molly is pretty calm about the news and tells both families she is going to be working at the mall piercing ears. Dan mentions how he feels the burden is going to be put on him and his wife. However, Junior’s dad decides to chime in that Dan feels “the poor Latinos won’t be able to contribute.” Dan says he likes Latinos, except that Latino. It’s a line that could have come out of Archie Bunker’s mouth.

Junior decides to ask Dan for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Dan wasn’t so keen on the idea. When he did propose, he mentioned how he asked for the dad’s hand in marriage and she was angry. “You did what.” She doesn’t like the idea that the man always has to ask for the hand in marriage, so she decides to ask his dad for his hand in marriage.

The families continue to butt heads with one another. The Yoder’s defend their daughter’s decision. Dan says Molly is a pioneer in feminism. Caroline chimes in with you would be lucky to have us. Junior’s younger brother, Demetrio, is filming the whole thing on his cell phone. Junior proposes again while both families are present. Molly says “yes.”

To celebrate the news of the young couple’s engagement, they all decide to go to the pier. The dads decide to get competitive by playing the games and winning big stuffed animals. However, after spending the day at the pier, Dan and Chuey decide to put aside their differences for their kids. That can’t possibly last very long. If it did, there wouldn’t be a show.

At the end, we find out that Molly’s mom may be pregnant too. The episode didn’t end with the results, so NBC must be banking on people tuning into the second episode just to know if the Yoder’s will be bonding in a TLC kind of way.

Welcome to the Family is very funny. The comedic timing is perfect. It’s nice to finally have a show that is relatable and funny. The show has a Juno-esque mentality and combines it with the culture clash of two families from different backgrounds that was present in Our Family Wedding.

Posted on September 11, 2013, in Comedy, NBC, Network Television, Primetime, Sitcoms and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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